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Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
Information sessions for thesis authors are held regularly every semester, as advertised through the Library and Graduate School. These sessions provide information on University policies, submission procedures, and copyright. If you cannot attend a session in person, visit our Dissertation Workshop page. (coming soon)
Who is responsible for ETDs at Georgetown?
- The submission process for Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) is administered by the Graduate School. PhD candidates should review the Graduate School's Dissertation and Thesis Information and Guidelines for Dissertation and Thesis Writers before they begin to write their thesis.
- All documentation relating to theses is kept in on file in the office of the Academic Coordinator.
- The submission process is though ProQuest/UMI, a third party vendor, which uploads the file into its Dissertations & Theses database.
- The Library receives a copy of all files submitted to the Graduate School and creates an entry in the Library Catalog for each thesis and dissertation. Pursuant to the Graduate School's policy that theses are public documents, all theses are freely available through Georgetown's Institutional Repository, unless an author requests and is granted an embargo.
Who owns copyright?
- The author owns copyright in the thesis.
- The author will grant a non-exclusive license to Georgetown to make the thesis or dissertation available online in the University's Institutional Repository.
- The author will also grant ProQuest a non-exclusive license to make the thesis or dissertation available online in its database.
- If you have used the copyrighted works of others in your thesis or dissertation, your use must qualify as fair use, or you must have permission from the copyright holder to include the work(s).
- For more information, read
- Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis (2014) from ProQuest
- Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities (2013) by Kenneth Crews
What publication options does ProQuest offer?
ProQuest's Forms & Instructions document has complete information on their policies and procedures for submission of theses and dissertations.
An author has several choices to make about how accessible the thesis will be when submitting a thesis or dissertation through ProQuest.
- Traditional or open access publishing?
- Embargoed or immediately accessible online?
- Searchable in Google, Bing, and Yahoo or not?
- Register your copyright or not?
Where can I get help?
If you have questions about copyright and your thesis, please contact Meg Oakley, Interim Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communication, at email@example.com.